SXSW Gaming Expo

Photo by Merriick Ales

Drawing in developers, manufacturers and fans from all facets of the community, the Gaming Expo is the epicenter of gaming culture at SXSW. Here is where you’ll find the Geek Stage, Tournament Stage, Indie Corner, Tabletop Experience, Free Play PC Arena and much more. It’s simply a bundle of awesome mixed with a dash of chaos where almost anything can happen. And it all happens in the heart of the legendary SXSW Music, Film, and Interactive festival in Austin, Texas.


Thursday, March 17 | 12:00–8:00pm
Friday, March 18 | 12:00–8:00pm
Saturday, March 19 | 12:00–8:00pm


Austin Convention Center (500 E Cesar Chavez St) in downtown Austin, TX

How to Attend

Open to all badge types. This event is free and open to the public.

Get Involved

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SXSW Gaming Expo 2015 Gallery

Photo by Joe Capraro Photo by Felipe Cardona Photo by Felipe Cardona Photo by Amy Ellinger Photo by Amy Ellinger Photo by Alex Wagner
Photo by Alex Wagner Photo by Alex Wagner Photo by Merrick Ales Photo by Merrick Ales Photo by Stacy Burnham Photo by Robert Santos

Geek Stage

The Geek Stage is where our premiere consumer-centric programming takes place. It’s a core part of the SXSW Gaming experience, with previous speaker highlights including Robert Kirkman creator of The Walking Dead, Palmer Luckey creator of the Oculus Rift, and major YouTube personalities like Thomas Cassell (TheSyndicateProject) and Adam Montoya (SeaNanners). Back to top

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Tournament Stage

Each year the Tournament Stage brings a new premiere production for a rising esport of the time. In 2014 we had a clash of titans in DOTA 2, and in 2015 we experienced a brutal contest between the greatest in Ultra Street Fighter IV. With our sights on 2016, we’ll be announcing our next big title soon! Back to top

Indie Corner

Indie games are going through a Golden Age and we’re taking a part in it by bringing the greatest that the scene has to offer straight to Austin, Texas. Here you’ll be able to test out 24 unique games that exemplify excellence in indie game development, and vote on which deserves the coveted Gamer’s Voice award. Be sure not to miss out on the next big thing at SXSW Gaming 2016! Back to top

If you’d like to learn more about the Gamer’s Voice award, or how to enter your project for a chance to be in the Indie Corner, please continue here.

Tabletop Experience

Tabletop games bring the community together like no other medium can. That’s why we showcase the greatest titles that the craft has to offer in the heart of the SXSW Gaming Expo. Here you’ll be able to bring your friends to play games like Catan, Krosmaster: Arena, Dungeons & Dragons, and many more. Back to top

Free Play PC Arena

Hundreds of computers lined up for multiplayer and individual experiences can be found in the halls of the Free Play PC Arena. This LAN area comes equipped with the most powerful gaming computers that can currently be found, all for your gaming enjoyment. Come early and stay late, and make sure to participate in the slew of tournaments that we offer each day of the festival! Back to top


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To learn about additional ways to be involved with SXSW Gaming, check out our Awards Ceremony and our Geek Stage.

2015 Gaming Expo photo by Merrick Ales